I officially owe George Perez an apology. The Superman comic book has been garbage since the new 52 began for many reasons besides being too wordy, cheesy, and getting in its own way while trying to tell a story. I was shocked at how bad these books were and was relieved when it was announced last November that Perez would be replaced this past March. The book is a smidge better now, but not as good as it should be, and the book has already been assigned to its third creative team starting in August.
At this year’s Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, Perez was interviewed and shared his frustrations with DC Comics while writing the book. Also to note that Perez was unaware of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics would be five years behind in continuity with his book, so there were certain things he could not do until he discovered what happened in the pages of Action for himself since, according to Perez “Grant wasn’t telling everybody.”
“Unfortunately when you are writing major characters, you sometimes have to make a lot of compromises, and I was made certain promises, and unfortunately not through any fault of Dan DiDio, he was no longer the last word, lot of people making decisions, going against each other, contradicting, again in mid-story. The people who love my Superman arc, I thank you. What you read, I don’t know. After I wrote it… I told them, here’s my script; if you change it, that’s your prerogative, don’t tell me. Don’t ask me to edit it, don’t ask me to correct it, I don’t want to change something that you’re going to change again if you disagree…”
“I didn’t mind the changes in Superman, I just wish it was the same decision issue 1 or issue 2, and I had to kept rewriting things because another person changed their mind, and that was a lot tougher, it wasn’t the same as doing Wonder Woman, I was given a full year to get Wonder Woman established before enfolded into the DC Universe properly, I had a wonderful editor Karen Berger who ran shotgun for me. They wanted me to recreate what I did through Wonder Woman, but it’s not the same age, not the same atmosphere, I couldn’t do it any more, and the writer who replaced me, Keith Giffen, was very nice. I’ve known Keith since we both started in the industry, he called me up when they asked him to do Superman to make sure I wasn’t being fired off Superman. And regrettably, I did have to tell him I can’t wait to get off Superman. It was not the experience I wanted it to be.”
“I became very frustrated,” Perez added, explaining that there were basic questions about the character’s new status quo that DC editorial couldn’t answer for him. “Are the Kents alive? What’s his relationship with all of these characters? Who exists? And DC couldn’t give me answers. I said, ‘Oh, my gosh. You’re deciding all these things, and you mean even you don’t know what’s going on in your own books?”
I was pretty hard on George Perez in my ForcesOfGeek.com column over the last several months because I have been a huge Superman fan since I could read. Knowing what I know now about DC Comic’s lack of communication during the creative process, I apologize to you, Mr. Perez.
George Perez has no idea I exist, but in a world where people use their laptops to criticize things, I believe that it is the responsibility of those same people to post and talk about their side of the story. There are always two sides. He must have received a ton of negative feedback for his work on the Man of Steel, and this is one fan who wants to say he is sorry.